NHS Dumfries & Galloway

Infection Prevention

Good hygiene is something that we should already be practicing as part of our daily routine to ensure we reduce the spread of germs.  

Germs are usually spread from contact either with unclean surfaces, or from person to person. 

Sanitiser is an excellent way to kill germs where washing for 20 seconds or more with soap and warm water is not accessible.   

We recommend that you also read some useful guidance on Health Protection Scotland’s website, please click here.

We have put together below some simple tips to follow from Elaine's video


Wash hands for 20 seconds


Avoiding using fingertips


Avoid touching face and hair


Use sanitisers before eating

man sneeze

Cough & sneeze in a tissue

Bin the tissue


No tissue? Use your sleeve or elbow

stay 2m apart

Maintain social distancing

Guide to washing your hands

Staying Safe at Home

In this short video, NHS Dumfries & Galloway staff provide some helpful tips about staying safe at home and stopping the spread of germs. A lot of this will be things that we are all doing routinely, but this video highlights the importance of certain tasks that may need to be done more regularly than usual.